Forget the Oscars. If there was one red carpet event I could attend, it would be the Costume Institute’s annual Gala. The evening celebrates and raises funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s glorious Costume Institute.
The Costume Institute houses a collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories, representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.
The Costume Institute began as the Museum of Costume Art, an independent entity formed in 1937 and led by Neighborhood Playhouse founder Irene Lewisohn. In 1946, with the financial support of the fashion industry, the Museum of Costume Art merged with The Metropolitan Museum of Art as The Costume Institute, and in 1959 became a full-fledged curatorial department. (Which means, yes, fashion is art!)
Since the event is affectionately know as the “Oscars of the East”, the Met has decided to stream the Gala live tonight. Watch the event on Vogue.com, Amazon.com/Fashion, and Metmuseum.org from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.